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Roxy Bellows - The Return of Roxy - Fri, November 21 - 8pm

Open Door Repertory Company
is pleased to present guest artist

Roxy Bellows…The Return of Roxy
Friday, November 21 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $15
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Back by popular demand – Roxy Bellow, the imagined love child of Don Rickles and Liza Minnelli, brings her high-energy talent and voice to Open Door’s stage for one evening only. A night not to be missed. Come prepared to laugh till it hurts!



The Therapy Players - Sun, November 23 - 2pm

The Therapy Players. . . I could, I can, I will
Sunday, November 23, 2pm
Tickets: $10.00
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Chicago’s PremierAll-Psychologist Improv Troupe! For the first time on Open Door’s stage, The Therapy Players. Laughs even your insurance company can’t deny!!! 
Check out their website at: www.therapyplayers.com



vs Godzilla - Sat, November 22 - 8pm

Open Door Repertory Company
in collaboration with
True Muse Productions
along with media sponsors
StepNorth Media and Chicago Jazz Magazine
present

…vs Godzilla
Saturday, November 22 at 8pm
Tickets: $18 – General; $15 – Students/Seniors (60+)
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Featuring: Scott Angst – tenor sax; Steve Kaiser – guitar; Preyas Roy – vibes; Vito Rizzi – bass & Paul Abella – drums & cajon

vs. Godzilla makes their debut at the Open Door Theater in Oak Park. This group pulls together disparate influences: Jazz, Salsa, Funk, and Avant-Garde Rock among them – and has crafted a sound that is truly unique. Their program will include covers like Fugaz’s Suggestions, Royal by Lourde, Dark Star by the Grateful Dead, I Am The Walrus by the Beatles and Smells Like Team Spirit by Nirvana, as well as original material.



Reginald Robinson and the Fifth Element - Sat, November 29 - 8pm

Open Door Repertory Company
in collaboration with
True Muse Productions
along with media sponsors
StepNorth Media and Chicago Jazz Magazine
present

Reginald Robinson and the Fifth Element
Saturday, November 29th, 8pm
Tickets: $18 – General $15 – Students/Seniors (60+)
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The Fifth Element joyously brings ragtime music into the 21st Century – an exciting ensemble that features the compositions of ragtime composer Reginald R. Robinson in lively, modern arrangements.


Young Adults Spoken Word Open Mic
Tickets: $5
Wednesday, December 3rd – 7pm

Come share your own original poetry! Open Door, in partnership with OPRF’s Spoken Word Program, invites young adults (14 – 18 yrs of age) to perform their poetry in our beautiful, intimate space.



The League of Improv Heroes - Fri, December 19th - 8pm

The League of Improv Heroes
Tickets: $15
Friday, December 5th – 8pm
Friday, December 12th – 8pm
Friday, December 19th – 8pm

Laughter is the gift that keeps on giving, so ring in the holidays with The League of Improv Heroes, Open Door’s Resident Improv Troupe.



Holiday Jazz Duets - Sat, December 6th - 8pm

Two Voices with One Mission:
Saalik & Linda Solotaire
Holiday Jazz Duets
featuring on piano
Leandro Lopez Varady

Tickets: $18 GA / $15 Students/Seniors(60+)
Saturday, December 6th – 8pm

Swing into the spirit of the season with Holiday Jazz Duets with Linda Solotaire & Saalik, featuring Leandro Lopez-Varady on Piano. They are Two Voices with One Mission: to entertain and delight audiences with songs from the Great American Songbook along with some old and sure to be new favorite Christmas melodies. They come together with the Argentine virtuoso Leandro Lopez-Varday on piano to bring you holiday cheer with songs like Santa Baby, Baby its Cold Outside, White Christmas, and more. Original produced at the Open Door Theatre for their 2013 Jazz Series, award winning baritone Saalik & Chicago chanteuse Linda Solotaire create a fun, festive, and flirtatious triad with Leandro Lopez-Vardy. The three slip in special jazz treats, along with a few originals from fellow Chicago composer/songwriters that are sure to become new favorites.



Robin Watson Combo - Sat, December 13th - 8pm

Open Door Repertory Company
in collaboration with
True Muse Productions
along with media sponsors
StepNorth Media and Chicago Jazz Magazine
present

Robin Watson Combo
Bebop, swing jazz combo

This phenomenal vocalist and her ensemble have been featured across the US, Caribbean, and Brazil. From Big Band Swing to moving sultry sounds of a torche cabaret singer, Robin moves audiences to new heights. Her stage shows and special events are remarkably outstanding.

Tickets: $18 GA / $15 Students & Seniors

Saturday, December 13 at 8pm

and back by Popular Demand, a very special matinee performance
HOLIDAY for the Holidays!
Sunday, December 14 at 3pm

A show focused on Lady Day’s music. “I don’t intend to mimic Billie, for no one can truly do that, but I do hope to relay the passion, pain and healing she imparted when she sang,” says Watson.


Robin Watson Combo - HOLIDAY for the Holidays! - Sun, December 14th - 3pm



Trillium - Sat, December 20th - 8pm

Open Door Repertory Company
in collaboration with
True Muse Productions
along with media sponsors
StepNorth Media and Chicago Jazz Magazine
present

Trillium ~ Back Home for the Holidays

Mim Eichmans . hammered dulcimer
Ed Hall . guitar
Doug Lofstrom . bass
Paul Russell . violin

Saturday, December 20 at 8pm
Tickets: $18 GA / $15 Students & Seniors
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Trillium – www.trilliumtheband.com — is a Chicago-area acoustic folk quartet, with an eclectic repertoire ranging from Celtic to bluegrass to ragtime to swing, that appeals to all ages and most musical tastes! Formed in the summer of 2005, the group has performed at countless festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, libraries, house concerts, fundraisers, and wedding receptions throughout the Midwest. Music from their CD’s, Crossing the Stream (2009), The Moody Leprechaun (2007) and Over the Waterfall (2006) has been featured many times on folk, Celtic and bluegrass radio programs in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. As delectable as an old-fashioned Christmas sugar cookie, Trillium’s holiday concert offers up a mix of the group’s regular repertoire sprinkled with lots of fun holiday tunes from our past! Hope you’ll join them for a most memorable evening!

About the musicians:

Mim Eichmann began playing hammered dulcimer in 2002, studying with Dona Benkert and Bill Robinson, but most of her experience has come from on-the-job training with Trillium over the last nine years! A classical ballet teacher and choreographer for many years, Celtic music had always been a passion, ultimately pulling her back to her college folk roots, performing live music once again. She is also involved in writing children’s music, and recently released an all-original kids’ album with Trillium’s Doug Lofstrom.

The pinnacle so far in Trillium guitarist (and banjo player) Ed Hall’s career came in September 1991 when he won the coveted National Fingerpicking Championships at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. He also won the championship for the highly competitive Gamble Rogers Festival in St. Augustine, FL in 1999. Ed’s approach to fingerstyle guitar has always been to try to arrange very difficult pieces which are seldom played by solo guitar, such as The Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt and The Theme from Peter Gunn, two of his best known classic repertoire arrangements. From 1973 until 2003 he toured with singer-songwriter Jeff Friedlander as the acoustic music duo Friedlander and Hall.

Doug Lofstrom has been playing bass for more years than he can remember and in just about every possible genre imaginable! His extensive experience in composing and arranging serves Trillium well when conjuring up new material for the group’s eclectic repertoire. Over the years, among his many music-related credits, he has been musical director for Chicago’s Free Street Theatre, composer-in-residence for the Evanston’s Symphony of the Shores and currently directs jazz and world music group Doug Lofstrom and The New Quartet. He teaches bass, music composition and music theory at Columbia College Chicago.

When Paul Russell was five years old, his dad brought home a violin, which was the beginning of Paul’s exciting musical journey. During high school he spent three years in Chicago’s Protégé Philharmonic where he studied violin with director Joseph Glymph as well as jamming with friends on bass and guitar. Along the way he also discovered the mandolin and was drawn to bluegrass and Irish music. A blacksmith by trade, Paul has recently received commissions to create large artwork for various towns in the Chicago area.


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